Sen. Ron Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said Wednesday he is unlikely to vote for the new deal to reopen the government and raise the debt limit because it does nothing to reduce the nation’s debt in the long term, although he expects it to gain full Democratic support.
“We’ll kick the can down the road here again. And it’s a shame, it’s just a shame,” Mr. Johnson told NewsRadio 620 WTMJ in Milwaukee.
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He said one of the worst parts of the Republican strategy that failed to defund Obamacare, playing a key role in the shutdown, is that Republicans “stepped all over” the fact of how “utterly, systemically, the health care rollout has failed.”
The debut of insurance markets tied to the Affordable Care Act on Oct. 1 has been plagued by computer failures, a story that has been marginalized by the shutdown that began the same day.
At the end of the day, the senator said, political gridlock trumped broad goals on Capitol Hill.
“I wish we were leprechauns and there was a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, but that’s not reality,” he told the show.